For church or religiously-affiliated groups…
Our retreat programs, inspired by our Catholic tradition, help Camp Ondessonk carry out its mission and vision to provide exceptional outdoor and spiritual adventures in a spectacular natural environment, promote stewardship and appreciation of God’s gifts, and remain committed to the growth of people and faith. An Ondessonk Retreat experience promotes fellowship, leadership development, and a stronger connection to participants’ faith for both youth and adults. Our programs foster better relationships with God, His creation, and other people, while promoting personal growth, faith, and fellowship.
Our curriculum includes programs in faith and spiritual based activities, group challenges, talks, and group discussions. All programs utilize the experiential learning model in which participants learn through direct experience followed by thoughtful guided reflection; taking advantage of the unique natural environment that Camp Ondessonk’s location provides.
This option is a build-you-own retreat package. You pick which programs Ondessonk instructors facilitate, and we also provide all your meals. These can be done during the school week or over an open weekend. Call for availability.
This option is for special weekend retreats that Camp Ondessonk has put together for you. There are several offerings through the spring and fall. All lodging, programs, and meals provided.
If you would like to simply bring your youth/retreat group to Camp to facilitate your own retreat program, stay in Ondessonk lodging, and either bring all or some of your own meals and/or purchase some or all meals from Camp, see the Group Reservation Form found here.
The Program Planning Packet will answer many questions about retreat curriculum, lodging, meals, etc. that youth ministers and parents may have about Camp.
All visitors, program participants, students, teachers, adult chaperones, regardless of age, are required to sign a waiver. Children not attending with their parent must have one signed prior to arrival.
Options for Retreats:
Self- Facilitated Retreats– Planning a retreat for your school, church, or group and would like a place that has fantastic space to hold your sessions and still enjoy the views of nature? Come to Camp Ondessonk for your retreat and use our facilities. You can choose to either make your meals or have our qualified food service team prepare meals for you so you can focus on the program. If you would like to reserve space to facilitate your own retreat, please fill out our Group Reservation Form found HERE.
Ondessonk Facilitated Retreats – If you would like to have a retreat that is planned and facilitated for your group, including meals and programs, please fill out the above Retreat Reservation Form. We have a wide variety of retreat offerings that will help your group grow in their faith and fellowship. For more information about our program offerings, look at the Retreat Program section of our Program Planning Packet above.
Ondessonk Retreat Session Options:
Faith and Spiritual Activities – These sessions will allow participants to have open dialogue with each other about their beliefs and also learn how to communicate their thoughts and actions, through activities that bring faith to life
Adventure – These sessions allow participants to learn about struggling while having faith in each other and God
Talks, Meditations, and Discussions – These sessions give participants time to hear about other people’s experiences and to think about their own experiences. Some of these sessions also provide time to share about what the Church teaches and why certain things are the way they are.